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Government Introduces Bill To Require Surveillance Capabilities, Mandated Subscriber Disclosure

As expected, the Government has taken another shot at lawful access legislation today, introducing a legislative package called the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century (IP21C) Act that would require mandated surveillance capabilities at Canadian ISPs, force ISPs to disclose subscriber information such as name and address, and grant the police broad new powers to obtain transmission data and force ISPs to preserve data.  Although I can only go on government releases (here, here), the approach appears to be very similar to the Liberal lawful access bill of 2005 that died on the order paper (my comments on that bill here) [update: Bill C-46 and C-47].  It is pretty much exactly what law enforcement has been demanding and privacy groups have been fearing.  It represents a reneging of a commitment from the previous Public Safety Minister on court oversight and will embed broad new surveillance capabilities in the Canadian Internet.

The lawful access proposal is generally divided among two sets of issues – ISP requirements and new police powers.

1.   ISP requirements

There are two key components here. First, ISPs will be required to install surveillance capabilities in their networks.  This feels a bit like a surveillance stimulus package, with ISPs making big new investments and the government cost-sharing by compensating for changes to existing networks. The bill again exempts smaller ISPs for three years from these requirements.  While that is understandable from a cost perspective, it undermines the claims that this is an effective solution to online crime since it will result in Canadians at big ISPs facing surveillance while would-be criminals seek out smaller ISPs without surveillance capabilities.

Second, the bill requires all ISPs to surrender customer name, address, IP address, and email address information upon request without court oversight.  In taking this approach, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan has reneged on the promise of his predecessor and cabinet colleague Stockwell Day, who pledged not to introduce mandated subscriber data disclosure without court oversight. 

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June 18, 2009 90 comments News

UK ISPs Agree To Greater Speed Transparency

The BBC reports that UK ISPs have agreed to support a regulator-backed code of practice that will give customers more information about broadband speeds.

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December 5, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

ISP Tax May Be The Next Big Culture Funding Fight

Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 6, 2008 as Is An Internet Tax Coming? The emergence of cultural funding as a hot-button political issue in the current election campaign appears to have taken virtually everyone by surprise.  The roughly $50 million in cuts may be tiny in terms of […]

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October 6, 2008 3 comments Columns Archive

Net Neutrality Rally on Parliament Hill

Plans are emerging for a net neutrality rally on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, April 29th.  Rocky Gaudrault, the CEO of TekSavvy, is the driving force behind the rally.  It comes as the CRTC considers the CAIP complaint on Bell's throttling actions.

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April 23, 2008 2 comments News

European Parliament Votes Against ISP “Graduated Response”

Otherwise known as the "three strikes and you're out" approach.  Details here, here, and here.

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April 11, 2008 1 comment News